On Saturday at 5 p.m. Rapid’s first game after the Didi Kühbauer era will kick off. Instead of him, Steffen Hofmann will sit in the coaching bench. Hofmann promised a courageous appearance before the duel against Altach. In addition, the Rapid icon wants to calm down. The player idol mainly referred to what was on offer on the pitch. Some things will stay the same in the Rapid game. “There are sections that the guys are really good at, and we will keep them.” In between, however, one wants to “not only wait for the moment to switch, but also bring in a certain calmness more actively with the ball”. “When you have the ball, running is also easier.”
The former playmaker promised increased attraction. “The goal must always be that we stand in front of the hut at the end of the day and shoot the ball into the goal. With a certain emphasis. This is what we stand for. This is Rapid, ”said Hofmann full of confidence. “I am convinced that we will have a really fine game tomorrow.”
In the previous week, Rapid pulled the rip cord from Didi Kühbauer. That he would once sit here in this position said Hofmann three and a half years after retiring as an active player, he could never have imagined. “But I won’t be doing this for too long either. That is also agreed with home, otherwise I have to hand over the keys at home and say goodbye. As much as I love Rapid, it’s not worth it. “
He is preparing for six games that will wait until the winter break. He may also be replaced earlier. Sports director Zoran Barisic did not want to reveal much in the ongoing search for a coach. “The longlist is getting shorter and shorter.” For the time being, however, Hofmann is needed as a firefighter. He also takes on this role. Altach coach Damir Canadi assumes that there will be “no other system” at Rapid despite the change in coach. However, it is possible that a chance could be given to those players who have been relied on less recently.
Rapid has to do without four central defenders in any case. Maximilian Hofmann As the most recent failure, he is not available due to his status as a Corona contact person, and the new young father Koya Kitagawa is also missing. “None of this is a problem for us. We have enough good players, ”said Hofmann and praised the quality of the second team.